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Vokoun, Panthers Shut Out Devils

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

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Vokoun, Panthers Shut Out Devils
New Jersey Devils 0, Florida Panthers 3
By Dave Joseph for

Florida Panthers goal keeperTomas Vokoun (29, of the Czech Republic, stops the puck as New Jersey Devils Dainius Zubrus (16) of Lithuania makes an attempt at the goal in the first period during a hockey game in Sunrise, Fla. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
The way Tomas Vokoun figures it, the Panthers “put a lot of faith in me when they traded for me, and I want to repay them with good performances.”

Vokoun started that process Thursday night at BankAtlantic Center when he stopped 29 shots to help the Panthers to their first victory of the season, a 3-0 shutout over the Devils.

Behind power plays goals by Olli Jokinen and Nathan Horton, and two assists each from by Jozef Stumpel and Cory Murphy, the Panthers put together a strong, 60 minute game while helping Vokoun record the team’s first home shutout since January 27 2006. Ironically, that shutout was also against the Devils.

“It’s a huge win,” said Vokoun, who recorded his 22nd career shutout.

“We had a good start to the game, we found a way to stay out of the penalty box in the first two periods, and we got two power play goals,” added Jokinen.

Said defenseman Ruslan Salei; “It’s always nice to win. The difference (tonight) was we worked pretty hard for 60 minutes and we played desperate hockey, the way we should play all the time.”

“It wasn’t perfect, but we have to continue to work hard,” he said.

For Vokoun, acquired in June from Nashville, it was a big game after allowing nine goals in his first two starts in a Panther uniform.

“This game is all about confidence,” Vokoun said. “It’s been tough for us, it’s been tough for me. It’s a new environment and people brought me here and expect me to do well. It was a rough start. Maybe I wasn’t in as good a shape as past years. I had a lot of stuff to deal with off the ice, maybe that was my mistake. But I’ve been working hard on it.

“I think once we get confidence, I’m really certain this is a great hockey club.”

Game Highlights
Starting Lineups
 Panthers    Devils
 Van Ryn
Post-Game Video
 Jacques Martin
 Olli Jokinen
 Nathan Horton
 Tomas Vokoun
 Mike Van Ryn
 Panthers vs Devils
Quote of the Game
 "It's a good feeling and it's a great win. It's a great team effort. I think it's a confidence booster for our team and that's what we needed." - Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun
Stat of the Game
 There were many, but it was the Panthers first shutout at home in a long time, dating back to January 27, 2006.
3 Stars
 1. Jozef Stumpel
 2. Tomas Vokoun
 3. Cory Murphy
For the Panthers, they took the first steps in recording their first victory of the season at 14:48 of the first period when Rostislav Olesz took a pass in front of the Devil net from Stumpel and beat Brodeur to the stick side for a 1-0 lead.

After Vokoun made three big saves midway through the second period – including one on a redirected shot by David Clarkson – the Panthers kicked into gear with the help of five consecutive Devil penalties.

Just five seconds into a 5-on-3 power play, Jokinen drilled a shot from the right point past Brodeur’s glove side to make it 2-0. The goal was set up after Stumpel won a faceoff in the Devil end over John Madden.

Six minutes later, the Panthers scored their first 5-on-4 power play goal of the season when Nathan Horton wheeled and wristed a shot past Brodeur to make it 3-0.

“I was just trying to get it to the net,” Horton said. “The puck was rolling.”

Although the Panthers took only three shots at Brodeur in the third period, they managed to hold off the Devils behind Vokoun, who made two big saves on Patrik Elias in the third period.

Vokoun gave credit to his teammates, who blocked 14 shots. Meanwhile, Brett McLean won eight of 10 faceoffs and Stephen Weiss five of seven.

“When you win these games people do the little extra things,” Vokoun said. “I don’t care who you are. You win more when you want it more than the other team.”

The Panthers now look to start a winning streak when they play host Saturday night at BankAtlantic Center to the Lightning.
scoring summary
1st Period
Rostislav Olesz (1) ASST: Jozef Stumpel (1), Radek Dvorak (2)
1 - 0 FLA
2nd Period
PPG - Olli Jokinen (1) ASST: Cory Murphy (1), Jozef Stumpel (2)
2 - 0 FLA
PPG - Nathan Horton (2) ASST: Stephen Weiss (2), Cory Murphy (2)
3 - 0 FLA
3rd Period
penalty summary
1st Period
Jay Bouwmeester  Tripping against  Travis Zajac
Paul Martin  Hooking against  Richard Zednik
2nd Period
Johnny Oduya  Hooking against  Stephen Weiss
David Clarkson  Tripping against  Stephen Weiss
Arron Asham  Abusive language - bench
Brian Gionta  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Brian Gionta  Holding against  Nathan Horton
3rd Period
Ville Peltonen  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Karel Rachunek  Hooking against  Gregory Campbell
Olli Jokinen  Holding against  Dainius Zubrus
Gregory Campbell  Interference against  Jay Pandolfo
Bryan Allen  Fighting (maj) against  David Clarkson
David Clarkson  Fighting (maj) against  Bryan Allen
Cory Murphy  Hooking against  Arron Asham
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
SA: 31TOI: 59:58
Saves: 28EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .903SH: 0 - 0
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0